Endodontics Root Canals
Endodontics is the area of dentistry that addresses clearing infections and preventing subsequent infections in the tooth. Endodontics treats the dental pulp, the center of the tooth that includes the nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue. Endodontic therapy is also known as root canal therapy, as the root canal is the hollow part of the tooth that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells. Part of the dental pulp is located in the crown of the tooth, while the other part of the dental pulp is in the root canal inside of the root. Endodontics focuses on the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries involving the dental pulp.
Diseases or Injuries in the Dental Pulp
Deep cavities or cracks in a tooth can cause diseases or injuries that threaten tooth loss. Cracks, cavities, or loose fillings can permit the entrance of bacteria, and these bacteria will eventually destroy the dental pulp. If the bacteria continue to move through the tooth to the root openings, it can also infect the bone below. An infected bone becomes weak and breaks down, causing the ligaments around the tooth to swell and loosen the tooth. If the dental pulp cannot repair itself when it is diseased or injured, the dental pulp will die and the tooth will eventually fall out. When a person experiences injuries or diseases in the dental pulp, they may possibly feel several unpleasant sensations in the tooth, such as:
- Sensitivity to high and low temperatures
- Pain when chewing
- Continuous throbbing pain
Endodontic Therapy for the Dental Pulp
In order to save the tooth and prevent further infection and pain, endodontic therapy, or root canal therapy, may be applied. Due to the amount of pain that disease or infection can cause in a tooth, patients may occasionally desire for the tooth to be removed. However, preserving the tooth is the preferable choice for the sake of oral health. Removing the tooth may allow the surrounding teeth to become crooked, which would inhibit the ability of the mouth to manage a good bite. Therefore, endodontic therapy is used to eliminate the pain and keep the tooth from falling out.
Our Village Dental Care Approach to Endodontic Therapy
At Village Dental, endodontic therapy involves completely removing everything inside of the root canal. The hollow that remains is then cleaned, shaped, and decontaminated using minuscule files and irrigation solutions. A permanent filling and cement is then used to fill up the space. After we have completed the therapy, the patient will no longer feel pain from the tooth because the nerve tissue has been withdrawn and the infection has been removed. Depending on each patient’s individual case, the dentists of Village Dental may choose to add a filling or place a crown on the tooth to protect it, as the tooth with the root canal will be more fragile than normal teeth. Village Dental is equipped with the latest advancements in dental supplies, and therefore, with today’s modern instrumentations and techniques, root canal therapy is a very quick and painless procedure that is most often completed in one visit. We use our Village Dental Care approach to make the process as quick and effective as possible.